Norwich City v Aston Villa - Player ratings
- Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd
Player ratings for both Norwich City and Aston Villa following their Premier League clash.
• Norwich City:
5 Mark Bunn: First goal was a carbon copy of Reading strike last time at home. Second raised questions over his angles.
You may also want to watch:
6 Russell Martin: Thankless task trying to subdue a marauding Gabby Agbonlahor.
7 Ryan Bennett: Looked very assured before the interval. Dealt effectively with Christian Benteke.
- 1 'Too close to home': Neighbours' shock as body found at Mousehold Heath
- 2 Hospital confirms two patients have died from Covid
- 3 Chicken restaurant closes 'due to unforeseen circumstances'
- 4 Which? warning to avoid sun cream brand for children
- 5 Band and singer pull out of Latitude Festival due to positive Covid tests
- 6 More than 70 speeding drivers snared in police day of action
- 7 'Like an invasion' - locals speak out over five-day festival
- 8 What are the top 10 new shops opening in Norwich?
- 9 New beauty salon and massage rooms open at country club
- 10 'Cold and desolate' - Anne Robinson's Countdown jibe at Norfolk
6 Sébastien Bassong: Deserves credit for helping to smother the Belgian's threat, but outstripped by Agbonlahor for the winner.
6 Javier Garrido: Flourished going forward. Gave Andreas Weimann far too much room to operate at times.
5 Jonny Howson: Failed to get to Agbonlahor for the opener. Struggled constantly with the striker's pace. Not alone in that.
5 Bradley Johnson: Saw plenty of the ball in the first-half. Faded as Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood established control.
7 Robert Snodgrass: Coaxed the challenge from Joe Bennett that led to City's penalty. How Norwich could do with a goal or two now.
7 Wes Hoolahan: Showed what City had been missing in a bright, inventive first period. Less influential after the break
7 Anthony Pilkington: Linked seamlessly with Javier Garrido. Inevitably tired after lengthy absence. Offers balance and width.
7 Grant Holt: Courageous slot for the penalty after his Saints' miss. Late header almost salvaged a point. Relished the service.
Subs: Kei Kamara (for Hoolahan) 6, Elliott Bennett (for Snodgrass) 5, Simeon Jackson (for Garrido) 5
• Aston Villa:
6 Brad Guzan: Much quieter shift compared to the reverse fixture. Almost paid for a rare lapse in stoppage time.
5 Matthew Lowton: Full-back's arm clearly deflected Anthony Pilkington's cross inside his area. Injury forced early exit.
6 Ron Vlaar: Key man in the visiting backline. Vital experience, but unsettled by Grant Holt on numerous occasions.
6 Nathan Baker: Less assured with the late arrival of Kei Kamara. Questionable positioning at times.
4 Joe Bennett: Torrid afternoon for the young man. Rightly booked early. Escaped further censure, but conceded a pen.
6 Yacouba Sylla: Efficient for the most part but over-run in the opening period down Norwich's left-flank.
7 Ashley Westwood: Sets the tempo with a fine array of passing. None better than the threaded ball for Villa's winner.
7 Fabian Delph: Seems to be blossoming under new management. Not afraid to put his foot in but also quality on the ball.
6 Andreas Weimann: By his standards, a poor miss inside Norwich's six yard box. The threat level increases when he gets on the ball.
6 Christian Benteke: Well-shackled by City's central defenders. That frustration boiled over in an act of petulance.
8 Gabby Agbonlahor: Pace and predatory instincts proved the difference. Two goals, numerous assists. Talisman.
Brett Holman (for Sylla) 5, Eric Lichaj (for Lowton) 6